Live life with NO regrets (or you'll regret it)

By YourTango

A couple of decades ago a very good friend of mine walked away from a very good career because he wasnt happy doing it. He explained that when he gets to the end of his life he didnt want to look back and ask himself 'what if'? So he went back to college and got his teaching degree and is merrily teaching South Carolina's third graders all about Bill Nye-type science. I loved Don like a brother and he had (and still has as far as I know) the kind of family and marriage we all hope to have for ourselves. Meanwhile I am left still beating back regrets in my own life with his words still ringing in my ears. Good for you, Don. Way to live brother.

Below are some song lyrics that really hit me over the head. Sung by Jason Aldean (he's on my ipod while I'm in the gym).

Not Every Man Lives lyrics

Have you ever skipped a stone across the water
Have you ever hitched a free ride on a train
Have you ever climbed up on a water tower
To write a name

The truth is, Every man dies
Not every man lives

Have you ever loved someone that you would die for
Have you ever walked too far out on a limb
Have you ever chased a dream too high to reach for
And pulled it in

Truth is Every man dies
But Not every man lives

I wanna paint outside the lines
Run the red lights in my mind
Take everything, One lifetime has to give
I wanna stand inside a fire
Walk blind-folded on a wire
Every man dies
But not every man lives

Have you ever thought about how fast time passes
Ever thought about what you would leave behind
Ever stood up for something you believed in
And drawn a line

Truth is every man dies
But not every man lives

I wanna paint outside the lines
Run the red lights in my mind
Take Everything, One lifetime has to give
I wanna stand inside a fire
Walk blind-folded on a wire

Every man Dies
But Not Every Man Lives

I wanna stand inside a fire
Walk Blind-folded on a wire
Every Man Dies
But Not every Man Lives

Have you ever skipped a stone across the water...
Have you ever Hitched a free ride on a train...

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